yeah, i remember reading your post that said that. I've found the complete opposite !!!
I've used Halfords pads before and thought they were OK, but with this car they are great. Maybe they've changed the recipe 'cos the the Ferrodo pads that were on were rubbish.........brake fade, slow stopping etc. I even managed to test the ABS with the new pads. I couldn't lock the wheels up with the old ones even when it was wet and you jumped on the pedal. I needed to know the ABS worked for peace of mind.....you understand, right ???? Maybe they were faulty ???